Once Upon a Place resource pack
Writer Eoin Colfer was Ireland's third Laureate na nÓg (2014-2016). His Laureate project was Once upon A Place, a two-year story tour aimed at bringing stories to children all over Ireland, extending to remote or disadvantaged communities that may not have had a visiting writer or storyteller before. The second strand of Once upon a Place was a specially commissioned anthology of stories and poems for children, edited by Eoin Colfer, and illustrated by PJ Lynch, exploring the link between story and place in Ireland. This is the companion resource pack based on the book.
Once upon a Place presents children and their teachers with new, original and diverse short pieces of literature (eleven stories and six poems). It is neither intended nor expected that the book should be used in the classroom for a purpose other than for enjoyment and to expose the children to the magic of words, beautifully told and illustrated, in the familiar and comforting context of a story or poem being read to them.
The resource pack is intended to give busy teachers an easy reference from which to choose opportunities for development of children's critical thinking through suggestions for exploration, learning, reflection and discussion. Reflections on the stories are accompanied by a selection of easy-to-follow activities – from art, drama and writing activities to exercises in mindfulness and scientific investigation. The teacher or children might choose one story or poem to explore a month. They might dip in and out of the book with the seasons. They may just read those poems and stories that appeal specifically to the interests of the class on a given day.